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National Grid warns of winter blackout risk

In June, energy regulator Ofgem said that risks to security of electricity supply - the danger of the lights not being kept on - had increased due to the UK's shortage of power stations and new wind farms. It also warned that the risk of electricity customer disconnections would "appreciably increase".
7 Oct 2013

Coalition faces clash over green energy plans

The coalition is heading for a fresh dispute over green energy after a call by Downing Street to water down climate commitments as part of efforts to keep power bills down. ...But any attempt to water down or end the Eco, which is set to run until 2015, will meet stiff opposition from the Liberal Democrats
6 Oct 2013

David Cameron: a Prime Minister in a hurry

On wind farms – seen by many as an expensive blight on the countryside, subsidised by the taxpayer to burnish the image of politicians who live nowhere near them – the PM is equally diplomatic. “Recently, I opened the London Array and it’s good that Britain is leading the way in this technology. But as I say, you shouldn’t keep the subsidies for any longer than is necessary.”
29 Sep 2013

Consumers face bill for power stations to be mothballed amid blackout fears

In June, Ofgem warned that the risk of blackouts in 2015 had risen to one in four, if energy demand continued at its current level. Uncertainty around the amount of available electricity in 2015 and 2016 meant that it was "prudent" to consider keeping mothballed plants in reserve, it said. GDF Suez, the energy company that has mothballed its Teesside gas power station, has estimated that keeping plants on standby could cost between £90 million and £120 million per year.
22 Sep 2013

UN victory grandmother attacks Alex Salmond over wind farms

"Alex Salmond is driving an aggressive green agenda like an express train across Scotland, bludgeoning anyone who gets in the way as being a Luddite and anti-green. No wind farm developer has ever had to explain the benefits of wind. Evidence tells us that wind power performance shows not only no reduction in carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions, but also the very reverse."
30 Aug 2013

UN ruling puts future of wind farms in Britain in jeopardy

Legal experts confirm the UNECE decision is a "game-changer" for future wind-turbine developments in the UK. David Hart, QC, an environmental lawyer, said: "This ruling means that consents and permissions for further wind-farm developments in Scotland and the UK are liable to challenge on the grounds that the necessary policy preliminaries have not been complied with, and that, in effect, the public has been denied the chance to consider and contribute to the NREAP."
27 Aug 2013

Secret wind farm report into house price blight

Chris Heaton-Harris, the Conservative MP for Daventry, said: "Wind farms definitely affect house prices and it is highly likely that this report will come to that conclusion. "I would expect there to be billions of pounds of planning blight because of wind turbines close to properties. I'm sure the evidence will come out soon that proves a number of these points correct."
22 Aug 2013

The greens can't defy gravity. They're finished

From Washington to London, shale gas rather than any renewable technology is seen as the future. Even nations such as Germany and Spain, which led the march to green energy, are slashing unaffordable subsidies to the renewables industry. ...the average share price of companies in the renewable sector has fallen by 80 per cent over five years. The heavy cost of green energy policies might have been justifiable if they had delivered results, but they haven't.
23 Jul 2013

Britain can't afford to throw money at wind power

Nobody with a sense of fiscal responsibility could endorse the massive subsidies being lavished on wind power which, as we report, are being maintained despite the Government's proclaimed culture of austerity. ...the Government's EU-prescribed goal of providing 20 per cent of the country's energy requirements from ''renewables'' by 2020 does not look realistic or financially responsible.
30 Jun 2013

Dark clouds over the solar panels

We all want to help to protect the environment and it would be nice to rely entirely on clean energy sources. But solar energy comes with plenty of problems. Its impact upon the landscape is likely to be significant: the level of solar power that Mr Barker wants would necessitate erecting solar panels of up to 10ft tall across an area more than 100 times the size of London's Olympic Park.
23 Jun 2013

True cost of Britain's wind farm industry revealed

A new analysis of government and industry figures shows that wind turbine owners received £1.2billion in the form of a consumer subsidy, paid by a supplement on electricity bills last year. They employed 12,000 people, to produce an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job. The disclosure is potentially embarrassing for the wind industry, which claims it is an economically dynamic sector that creates jobs.
16 Jun 2013

Wind farms are a 'complete scam', claims the Environment Secretary who says turbines are causing 'huge unhappiness'

The Conservatives have taken a tougher line on wind farms in recent months, and this week unveiled plans to give communities a powerful ‘veto' over controversial new onshore developments. Schemes will have to gain local residents' consent before a planning application can even be made, effectively handing them the power to prevent turbines being erected.
7 Jun 2013

Britain's no-energy bill

The government and its cheerleaders wrap the drive to zero CO2 emissions in the language of growth, jobs, investment and innovation. ...and claims the energy bill will create 250,000 jobs. Even if that is achievable, it's the product of the single-entry bookkeeping so common in political green-energy projections. You can create any number of jobs putting up subsidized windmills or installing solar panels. But if in the process you drive up energy costs or taxes throughout the economy, you're bound to destroy more work than you create.
4 Jun 2013
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